The middle child (taking my eye off the ball)
Jun09

The middle child (taking my eye off the ball)

Of all my kids, my younger son has always been the easiest. He has never been any trouble at all. My eldest has always been the one who has challenged me the most. Not surprising, really, because everything he does is a first time – he’s paving the way for his siblings and we’re all making mistakes along the way. Poor kid. My daughter is, and always has been, an utter delight. But she is a bit highly strung and does...

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The middle child
Oct06

The middle child

I’m the eldest of three kids. Growing up, many of my friends were also the eldest of three and all these families were just the same. There was always two children, then a big gap of five or six years. The middle child was always a boy. The youngest child was always a girl. And the middle child was always trouble. Not done-by-the-police trouble, but class clown trouble, winding up your parents trouble, not doing your homework...

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